A rendering of what the apartment buildings at Haisla Town Centre may look like.

A rendering of what the apartment buildings at Haisla Town Centre may look like.

Haisla Town Centre proposal will see 1st bylaw reading December 15

A plan to develop the former hospital site will need a new bylaw which is set for introduction on December 15.

The developer for Haisla HL Development’s site at Kitimat’s former hospital land wants to see the apartment units under construction by spring and encouraged the Kitimat Council to put gas in the bylaw process.

That said, it was noted that the first apartment building out of the three proposed for that site won’t be made available for market housing.

Leonard Kerkhoff of Kerkhoff Construction said that details on the lease arrangements for the building are confidential at the moment but information will come out in time, likely in January.

Kerkhoff walked through some of the updated plans for the site, which in addition to the three apartment buildings will also call for office space, a restaurant location and a hotel.

Those commercial spaces will likely wait though as the developer is eyeing the residential aspect of the property sooner.

In fact the hotel development in particular — and the restaurant, he said, is closely tied to the hotel development — may wait on news from the LNG industry.

The apartment buildings will each be 49 units, each with two-level underground parking.

It will be a mix of one and two bedroom units, from 622 square feet to 1,410 sq.ft.

Kerkhoff said that he hoped the public hearing process and adoption of a comprehensive development plan for the Haisla Town Centre could be concluded by January 19.

He said the company is planning their own community open house as well, which is in addition to any future public hearings regarding the bylaw proposed bylaw. The company’s open house will be held on December 17 at 6 p.m. at the Tamitik sports complex meeting room.

Director of Planning and Community Development Gwen Sewell pointed out a late-minute requested change from the developer regarding parking, saying the standard of two parking stalls per living unit is asked to be waived so it would be instead one parking stall per bedroom.

Sewell also recommended that council stick to the suggested process timelines in their report from staff, rather than try to make the process move quicker on the developer’s suggestion.

From there the discussion shifted in to whether it would be better to move the public hearing for the bylaw to January 5 from the originally pitched January 20, on a motion from Mario Feldhoff.

He believed that despite it being Christmas, he’s confident they will get adequate feedback from the community on the proposal.

Rob Goffinet disagreed that would be the case and voted against the amendment, but it ultimately did pass.

The main motion as well, which set December 15 for first reading of the bylaw, and the January 5 public hearing date, did pass, with Rob Goffinet and Larry Walker opposed.

 

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